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  • Faithful CBS Ambassador Called To His Eternal Home 

    Pastor David HarrisonThe College of Biblical Studies family joins with many in mourning the passing of PastorCarl David Harrison; CBS alum, teacher, and friend.

    While David's passing is a shocking loss and seems an untimely intrusion into a life of service to so many, we are reminded of Paul's words to Timothy: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the  crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing" (2 Tim 4:6-8).

    David fought the good fight, finished the course set out for him, and loved (longed for) Christ's appearing! And so, as we praise God and give Him the glory for the steadfast influence of this disciple and discipler, husband and father, and shepherd to a growing flock, it is the sudden absence of this godly influence that causes our hearts to ache all the more. Thus, our prayers for comfort go out to his covenant partner, Melissa, and their children, as well as to the body at First Church Heights and David's many friends.

    CBS is blessed to have recently captured a sampling of Pastor Harrison's passion for the Word and growing influence upon many in this brief video: https://vimeo.com/337876386

  • Bachelor of Science with Split Majors in Biblical Studies and Christian Leadership (BSCL) - Accelerated Degree Completion

    Program Coordinator: (English) Michale R. Ayers, Ph.D.; (Spanish) Sergio Estrada, Ph.D.

    The purpose of the 120 credit hour program with split majors in Biblical Studies and Christian Leadership culminating in a Bachelor of Science degree is designed to provide Christian leaders with biblical and theological education in order to equip them for a life of vocational or lay service as a leader in the church, parachurch, and/or business. Upon completion of the program, successful students will:

    1. Understand and apply the servant leader model for leadership.

    2. Develop functional frameworks for effective leadership skills.

    Students take only one course at a time in the CBS core curriculum, attending one 4-hour class session, with breakout for small-group collaborative and independent work each week. The courses are accelerated and are five weeks in length. The program is 24 months of six consecutive semesters, requiring 9 credits each semester from the CBS core curriculum. Students are members of a continuing class, a cohort group, among whom an atmosphere of shared learning; personal, family, ministry, and career interests develops. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a Bachelor of Science Degree with major in Biblical Studies and Christian Leadership.

    The Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and Christian Leadership degree is composed of upper division college-level courses totaling 54 credit hours offered in an accelerated form as follows:

    1. The 54 hours consist of eighteen courses.

    2. Students’ focus will be on one course at a time.

    3. The same group of students will progress through the entire program together.

    4. At graduation, successful students will have cumulative college-level credits as follows:

    • 54-hours CBS baccalaureate core curriculum–all earned at CBS
    • 36-hours general education courses–transferred-in and/or earned at CBS
    • 30-hours free elective courses–transferred-in and/or earned at CBS

    DEGREE AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

    Bachelor students are expected to complete all degree and graduation requirements pursuant to their degree program no later than one year following the successful completion of the research project course. Failure to comply will result in the student being withdrawn from the Bachelor’s program and subjected to re-enrollment procedures and fees.

    1. Successful completion of all admissions requirements including completion of high school diploma or GED

    2. 54 credit hours of BSCL curriculum

    3. 36 credit hours of approved general education

    4. 30 credit hours of approved free electives

    5. Cumulative 2.0 grade point average

    6. Satisfactory completion of 2 units in Christian Service Learning Program and 2 Spiritual Formation units

    7. Intent to Graduate Form filed by submitted date

    8. Academic advising sessions including all post testing and measurements

    9. Graduation/Diploma fee

    10. No unresolved disciplinary matter, including but not limited to, student code of conduct violations, library, and/or financial obligation.

    11. Completion of exit counseling for students with Stafford or PLUS loans

    12. Approval by CBS faculty

    13. See Graduation Requirements for additional requirement(s) for all academic programs

    DEGREE PLAN FOR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP (ADCP) 

    English Curriculum

    This cohort program is a lockstep program and the MAJOR COURSES are designed to be taken in order as shown by this table:

    MAJOR COURSES

    HRS

    MAJOR COURSES

    HRS

    ENGLISH 9 hours

     

    GENERAL EDUCATION 3 hours

     

    English Composition 1

    3

    ENGL 3330 Advanced Research and Writing

    3

    English Composition 2

    3

    BIBLE and THEOLOGY 27 hours

     

    Literature

    3

    BIBL 3301 Biblical Interpretation

    3

    SOCIAL SCIENCE 3 hours

     

    THEO 3330 Major Bible Themes

    3

    Western Civilization or US History

    3

    BIBL 3311 Special Issues in the Pentateuch

    3

    PHILOSOPHY/SOCIAL SCIENCES/RELIGIOUS STUDIES 6 hours

     

    BIBL 3312 Special Issues in the Historical and Wisdom Literature

    3

    Social Science/Religious Studies1

    6

    BIBL 3313 Special Issues in the Prophetic Literature.

    3

    FINE ARTS/HUMANITIES 3 hours

     

    BIBL 3321 Special Issues in the Gospels

    3

    Fine Arts/Humanities2

    3

    BIBL 3322 Special Issues in Acts and Pauline Epistles

    3

    MATH/SCIENCES 6 hours

     

    BIBL 3323 Special Issues in the General Epistles

    3

    Computer Science or Math

    3

    THEO 3331 Theological Method

    3

    Natural Science3

    3

    LEADERSHIP STUDIES 24 hours

     

    COMMUNICATIONS 3 hours

     

    LSCL 4340 Introduction to Christian Leadership and Leader Development

    3

    Speech4

    3

    GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE 6 hours

     

    LSCL 4341 Personal Pilgrimage and Character in Leadership

    3

    Any courses from the categories above

    6

    FREE ELECTIVES 30 hours

     

    LSCL 4342 Relationships and Visioneering in Leadership

    3

     

    30

    LSCL 4343 Interpersonal Skills for Leadership

    3

    ORIENTATION non-credit

     

    LSCL 4344 Organizational Skills for Leadership

    3

    ORIE 1013 Orientation

    n/a

    LSCL 4345 Case Studies in Leadership and Ethics

    3

    CHRISTIAN SERVICE 2 units

     

    LSCL 4346 Applied Leadership Research Project I

    3

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 1

    1u

    LSCL 4347 Applied Leadership Research Project II

    3

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 2

    1u

     

     

    SPIRITUAL FORMATION 2 units

     

     

     

    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation, 1

    1u

     

     

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation, 2

    1u

     

     

    1 History, Philosophy, Logic, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Public Policy, Counseling, Bible, Theology, Foundations of Spiritual Life or Apologetics.

    2 Foreign Language, Music Theory, Philosophy or Art Appreciation.

    3 Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Geology or Anatomy and Physiology.

    4 Expository Preaching classes, MSPM 3301-3305, may substitute for Speech. These classes are for men only. MSCE 3323 Women Teaching Women may substitute for Speech. This class is for women only.

     

    DEGREE PLAN FOR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP (ADCP) IN ENGLISH

    Suggested Sequence

    Year

    Fall

    Spring

    Summer

    1

    ENGL 3330 Advanced Research and Writing

    BIBL 3301 Biblical Interpretation

    THEO 3330 Major Bible Themes

    BIBL 3311 Special Issues in the Pentateuch

    BIBL 3312 Special Issues in the Historical and Wisdom Literature

    BIBL 3313 Special Issues in the Prophetic Literature

    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation, 1

    BIBL 3321 Special Issues in the Gospels

    BIBL 3322 Special Issues in Acts and Pauline Epistles

    BIBL 3323 Special Issues in General Epistles

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 1

    2

    THEO 3331 Theological Method

    LSCL 4340 Introduction to Christian Leadership and Leader Development

    LSCL 4341 Personal Pilgrimage and Character in Leadership

    LSCL 4342 Relationships and Visioneering in Leadership

    LSCL 4343 Interpersonal Skills for Leadership

    LSCL 4344 Organizational Skills for Leadership

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 2

    LSCL 4345 Case Studies in Leadership and Ethics

    LSCL 4346 Applied Leadership Research Project I

    LSCL 4347 Applied Leadership Research Project II

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation, 2

  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership - Accelerated Degree Completion

    Program Coordinator: Michale Ayers, Ph.D.

    Purpose and Objectives: The 120 credit hour Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership at CBS is designed for those pursuing exemplary organizational leadership in business, management, entrepreneurship, church, or parachurch organizations. The curriculum supports a unique philosophy that affirms the business and organizational competencies necessary for success, while challenging students to see organizations as strategic stewardships of Christian leaders. The degree program seeks to develop traits of character and competence in students and prepare them to face the challenges of leadership in an ever-changing world. Upon completion of the program successful students will be able to:

    1. Understand biblical leadership and appreciate the value of that leadership in a business environment

    2. Develop analytical expertise and functional frameworks drawn from a broad range of managerial skills

    Students take only one to two online courses at a time in the CBS core curriculum. The courses are accelerated and are five to seven weeks in length. The program is 24 months of six consecutive semesters, requiring 9 credits each semester from the CBS core curriculum. Students are members of a continuing class, a cohort group, among whom an atmosphere of shared learning; personal, family, ministry and career interests develops. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a Bachelor of Science Degree with major in Biblical Studies and Organizational Leadership.

    The Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and Organizational Leadership degree is composed of upper division college- level courses totaling 54 credit hours offered in an accelerated form as follows:

    1. The 54 hours consist of eighteen courses.

    2. At graduation, successful students will have cumulative college-level credits as follows:

    • 54-hours CBS baccalaureate core curriculum–all earned at CBS
    • 36-hours general education courses–transferred-in and/or earned at CBS
    • 30-hours free elective courses–transferred-in and/or earned at CBS

    DEGREE AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

    Bachelor students are expected to complete all degree and graduation requirements pursuant to their degree program no later than one year following the successful completion of the research project course. Failure to comply will result in the student being withdrawn from the Bachelor’s program and subjected to re-enrollment procedures and fees.

    1. Successful completion of all admissions requirements including completion of high school diploma or GED

    2. 54 credit hours of BSOL curriculum

    3. 36 credit hours of approved general education

    4. 30 credit hours of approved free electives

    5. Cumulative 2.0 grade point average

    6. Satisfactory completion of 2 units in Christian Service Learning Program and 2 Spiritual Formation units

    7. Intent to Graduate Form filed by submitted date

    8. Academic advising sessions including all post testing and measurements

    9. Graduation/Diploma fee

    10. No unresolved disciplinary matter, including but not limited to, student code of conduct violations, library, and/or financial obligation.

    11. Completion of exit counseling for students with Stafford or PLUS loans

    12. Approval by CBS faculty

    13. See Graduation Requirements for additional requirement(s) for all academic programs

    DEGREE PLAN FOR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP (ADCP)

    This cohort program is a lockstep program and the MAJOR COURSES are designed to be taken in order as shown by this table:

    GENERAL STUDIES

    HRS

    MAJOR COURSES

    HRS

    ENGLISH 9 hours

     

    GENERAL EDUCATION 3 hours

     

    English Composition 1

    3

    ENGL 3330 Advanced Research and Writing

    3

    English Composition 2

    3

    BIBLE and THEOLOGY 27 hours

     

    Literature

    3

    BIBL 3301 Biblical Interpretation

    3

    SOCIAL SCIENCE 3 hours

     

    THEO 3330 Major Bible Themes

    3

    Western Civilization or US History

    3

    BIBL 3311 Special Issues in the Pentateuch

    3

    PHILOSOPHY/SOCIAL SCIENCES/RELIGIOUS STUDIES 6 hours

     

    BIBL 3312 Special Issues in the Historical and Wisdom Literature

    3

    Social Science/Religious Studies1

    6

    BIBL 3313 Special Issues in the Prophetic Literature

    3

    FINE ARTS/HUMANITIES 3 hours

     

    BIBL 3321 Special Issues in the Gospels

    3

    Fine Arts/Humanities2

    3

    BIBL 3322 Special Issues in Acts and Pauline Epistles

    3

    MATH/SCIENCES 6 hours

     

    BIBL 3323 Special Issues in the General Epistles

    3

    Computer Science or Math

    3

    THEO 3331 Theological Method

    3

    Natural Science3

    3

    ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP STUDIES 24 hours

     

    COMMUNICATIONS 3 hours

     

    LSOL 3301 Introduction to Christian Leadership

    3

    Speech4

    3

    LSOL 3306 Organizational Stewardship and Ethics

    3

    GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE 6 hours

     

    LSOL 3308 Organizational Purpose and the Visioning Process

    3

    Any courses from the categories above

    6

    FREE ELECTIVES 30 hours

     

    LSOL 4301 Human Resource Management

    3

     

    30

    LSOL 4302 Financial Management for Organizations

    3

    ORIENTATION non-credit

     

    LSOL 4303 Principles of Marketing

    3

    ORIE 1013 Orientation

    n/a

    LSOL 4304 Project Planning and Management

    3

    CHRISTIAN SERVICE 2 units

     

    LSOL 4306 Applied Organizational Leadership Research

    3

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 1

    1u

     

     

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 2

    1u

     

     

    SPIRITUAL FORMATION 2 units

     

     

     

    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation 1

    1u

     

     

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation 2

    1u

     

     

    1 History, Philosophy, Logic, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Public Policy, Counseling, Bible, Theology, Foundations of Spiritual Life or Apologetics.

    2 Foreign Language, Music Theory, Philosophy or Art Appreciation.

    3 Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Geology or Anatomy and Physiology.

    4 Expository Preaching classes, MSPM 3301-3305, may substitute for Speech. These classes are for men only. MSCE 3323 Women Teaching Women may substitute for Speech. This class is for women only. 

    DEGREE PLAN FOR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP (ADCP)

    Suggested Sequence 

    Year

    Fall

    Spring

    Summer

    1

    ENGL 3330 Advanced Research and Writing

    BIBL 3301 Biblical Interpretation

    THEO 3330 Major Bible Themes

    BIBL 3311 Special Issues in the Pentateuch

    BIBL 3312 Special Issues in the Historical and Wisdom Literature

    BIBL 3313 Special Issues in the Prophetic Literature

    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation, 1

    BIBL 3321 Special Issues in the Gospels

    BIBL 3322 Special Issues in Acts and Pauline Epistles

    BIBL 3323 Special Issues in General Epistles

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 1

    2

    THEO 3331 Theological Method

    LSOL 3301 Introduction to Christian Leadership

    LSOL 3306 Organizational Stewardship and Ethics

    LSOL 3308 Organizational Purpose and the Visioning Process

    LSOL 4301 Human Resource Management

    LSOL 4302 Financial Management for Organizations

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 2

    LSOL 4303 Principles of Marketing

    LSOL 4304 Project Planning and Management

    LSCL 4306 Applied Organizational Leadership Research

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation, 2

     

  • Bachelor of Science with Split Majors in Biblical Studies and Biblical Counselling (BSBC) - Accelerated Degree Completion

    Program Coordinator: Rich Cozart, Ph.D.

    The purpose of the 120 credit hour program with split majors in Biblical Studies and Biblical Counseling culminating in a Bachelor of Science degree is to provide a biblical model for biblical counseling. The training will prepare men and women to engage in church, parachurch, or private biblical counseling, and provide a base for seminary or other graduate training. The courses offered in the curriculum are not designed to meet academic or other requirements of the State of Texas for licensure as a professional counselor. Upon completion of the program, successful students will:

    1.Demonstrate an understanding of the Biblical Framework model for biblical counseling.

    2.Apply principles of biblical counseling to specific counseling situations.

    On ground students take only one course at a time in the CBS core curriculum, attending one 4-hour class session, with breakout for small-group collaborative and independent work each week. The on ground courses are accelerated courses that are five weeks in length. Online students take classes that are five to seven weeks in length, and the classes occasionally overlap. The program is 24 months of six consecutive semesters, requiring 9 credits each semester from the CBS core curriculum. Students are members of a continuing class, a cohort group, among whom an atmosphere of shared learning; personal, family, ministry, and career interests develops. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a Bachelor of Science Degree with split majors in Biblical Studies and Biblical Counseling.

    The Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and Biblical Counseling degree completion program is composed of upper division college-level courses totaling 54-credit hours offered in an accelerated form as follows:

    1. The 54 hours consist of eighteen courses.

    2. Students’ focus will be on one course at a time.

    3. The same group of students will progress through the entire program together.

    4. At graduation, successful students will have cumulative college-level credits as follows:

    • 54 hours CBS baccalaureate core curriculum–all earned at CBS
    • 36 hours general education courses–transferred-in and/or earned at CBS
    • 30 hours free elective courses–transferred-in and/or earned at CBS

    DEGREE AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

    Bachelor students are expected to complete all degree and graduation requirements pursuant to their degree program no later than one year following the successful completion of the research project course. Failure to comply will result in the student being withdrawn from the Bachelor’s program and subjected to re-enrollment procedures and fees.

    1. Successful completion of all admissions requirements including completion of high school diploma or GED

    2. 54 credit hours of BSBC curriculum

    3. 36 credit hours of approved general education

    4. 30 credit hours of approved free electives

    5. Cumulative 2.0 grade point average

    6. Satisfactory completion of 2 units in Christian Service Learning Program and 2 Spiritual Formation units

    7. Intent to Graduate Form filed by submitted date

    8. Academic advising sessions including all post testing and measurements

    9. Graduation/Diploma fee

    10. No unresolved disciplinary matter, including but not limited to, student code of conduct violations, library, and/or financial obligation

    11. Completion of exit counseling for students with Stafford or PLUS loans

    12. Approval by CBS faculty

    13. See Graduation Requirements for additional requirement(s) for all academic programs 

    DEGREE PLAN FOR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIBLICAL COUNSELING (ADCP)

    This cohort program is a lockstep program and the MAJOR COURSES are designed to be taken in order as shown by this table:

    GENERAL STUDIES

    HRS

     MAJOR COURSES

    HRS

    ENGLISH 9 hours

     

    GENERAL EDUCATION 3 hours

     

    English Composition 1

    3

    ENGL 3330 Advanced Research and Writing

    3

    English Composition 2

    3

    BIBLE and THEOLOGY 27 hours

     

    Literature

    3

    BIBL 3301 Biblical Interpretation

    3

    SOCIAL SCIENCE 3 hours

     

    THEO 3330 Major Bible Themes

    3

    Western Civilization or US History

    3

    BIBL 3311 Special Issues in the Pentateuch

    3

    PHILOSOPHY/SOCIAL SCIENCES/RELIGIOUS STUDIES 6 hours

     

    BIBL 3312 Special Issues in the Historical and Wisdom Literature

    3

    Social Science/Religious Studies1

    6

    BIBL 3313 Special Issues in the Prophetic Literature

    3

    FINE ARTS/HUMANITIES 3 hours

     

    BIBL 3321 Special Issues in the Gospels

    3

    Fine Arts/Humanities2

    3

    BIBL 3322 Special Issues in Acts and Pauline Epistles

    3

    MATH/SCIENCES 6 hours

     

    BIBL 3323 Special Issues in General Epistles

    3

    Computer Science or Math

    3

    THEO 3331 Theological Method

    3

    Natural Science3

    3

    COUNSELING STUDIES 24 hours

     

    COMMUNICATIONS 3 hours

     

    MSBC 3311 Theological Foundations for Biblical

    Counseling

    3

    Speech4

    3

    GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE 6 hours

     

    MSBC 3312 Comparative Analysis of Psychological

    Counseling, Christian Integrative Counseling, and Biblical

    Counseling

    3

    Any courses from the categories above

    6

    FREE ELECTIVES 30 hours

     

     

    30

    MSBC 3313 Introduction to Biblical Framework

    Counseling

    3

    ORIENTATION non-credit

     

    ORIE 1013 Orientation

    n/a

    MSBC 3314 Analysis of Common Problems Through

    Biblical Framework Counseling

    3

    CHRISTIAN SERVICE 2 units

     

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 1

    1u

    MSBC 3315 Marriage and Family

    3

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 2

    1u

    MSBC 4301 Advanced Concepts in Biblical

    Framework Counseling 1

    3

    SPIRITUAL FORMATION 2 units

     

    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation, 1

    1u

    MSBC 4302 Advanced Concepts in Biblical

    Framework Counseling 2

    3

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation, 2

    1u

     

     

    MSBC 4303 Biblical Counseling Process and

    Methodologies

    3

     

     

    1 History, Philosophy, Logic, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Public Policy, Counseling, Bible, Theology, Foundations of Spiritual Life or Apologetics.

    2 Foreign Language, Music Theory, Philosophy or Art Appreciation.

    3 Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Geology or Anatomy and Physiology.

    4 Expository Preaching classes, MSPM 3301-3305, may substitute for Speech. These classes are for men only. MSCE 3323 Women Teaching Women may substitute for Speech. This class is for women only.

     

    DEGREE PLAN FOR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIBLICAL COUNSELING (ADCP)

    Suggested Sequence 

    Year

    Fall

    Spring

    Summer

    1

    ENGL 3330 Advanced Research and Writing

    BIBL 3301 Biblical Interpretation THEO 3330 Major Bible Themes

    BIBL 3311 Special Issues in the Pentateuch

    BIBL 3312 Special Issues in the Historical and Wisdom Literature

    BIBL 3313 Special Issues in the Prophetic Literature

    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation 1

    BIBL 3321 Special Issues in the Gospels

    BIBL 3322 Special Issues in Acts and Pauline Epistles

    BIBL 3323 Special Issues in General Epistles

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 1

    2

    THEO 3331 Theological Method

    MSBC 3311 Theological Foundations for Biblical Counseling

    MSBC 3312 Comparative Analysis of Psychological Counseling, Christian Integrative Counseling, and Biblical Counseling

    MSBC 3313 Introduction to Biblical Framework Counseling

    MSBC 3314 Analysis of Common Problems Through Biblical Framework Counseling

    MSBC 3315 Marriage and Family

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 2

    MSBC 4301 Advanced Concepts in Biblical Framework Counseling 1

    MSBC 4302 Advanced Concepts in Biblical Framework Counseling 2

    MSBC 4303 Biblical Counseling Process and Methodologies

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation 2

  • Associate Dean of Women’s Discipleship; Instructor

    • M.A., Dallas Theological Seminary (Biblical and Theological Studies)
    • B.S., Troy University (Computer Science)

    Bio

    Dean Blocker supports her husband – the president of CBS – Dr. William Blocker and serves as Associate Dean of Women’s Discipleship and Instructor in the Discipleship Department. Her leadership experience spans over thirty years as pastor’s wife, speaker, teacher, counselor, and mentor to women in ministry.

    She also serves with the President Wives ministry during the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) annual meetings and encourages women while traveling worldwide.

    At the Moody Bible Institute, Dean Blocker served with a leadership team, leading students to tour and study in Israel, in addition to working as a Technology Consultant.

    Dean Blocker is blessed and thankful to her high school sweetheart for over three decades of marriage, five adult children and two precious grandchildren.

  • Assistant Librarian, Instructor          Luzmar Cobos

    M.L.S., Sam Houston State University

    B.S., College of Biblical Studies-Houston

    A.A., Lone Star College

    Bio

    Professor Cobos has been serving at the College of Biblical Studies in various capacities for almost 20 years. She has a Master of Library Science degree from Sam Houston State University. Prior to graduating with a Master’s degree, she obtained her undergraduate degree in Christian Leadership at the College of Biblical Studies-Houston. Professor Cobos also has some postgraduate course work from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    She brings over 15 years of experience working with adult learners teaching library literacy and research skills. Apart from co-teaching research and writing, she is currently also the Assistant Librarian at the College of Biblical Studies.

    She is a current member of the American Library Association (ALA), the Texas Library Association, and the Association of Christian Librarians (ACL).

    Professor Cobos has also served in various ministry areas throughout her life. She has served in children and youth ministries, prayer ministries, short-term missions, and worship ministries. 

    She and her husband Marlon enjoy traveling abroad, learning about other cultures and languages, and spending time with their precious nieces and nephews.

    Professor Cobos has created a vimeo channel for students to address some of the most frequently asked questions at the library. Click the following link to view https://vimeo.com/librarytutorials, OR if you would like to request a video tutorial on a particular topic or need reference help, please contact the College of Biblical Studies Library through the following link http://www.cbshouston.edu/ask-a-librarian.

  • Associate Academic Dean; Professor

    •B.A., Mississippi College

    •M.A., North Carolina State University

    •Ed.D. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

    Bio

    In his role as Associate Academic Dean at the College of Biblical Studies-Houston, Dr. Hantla manages library services, strategizes for academic programming, helps with partnerships, and oversees academic excellence as well as faculty development. Dr. Hantla primarily teaching English and Writing at the College.

     

    Dr. Hantla's current research interests range from researching best practices for implementing the flipped classroom design to working with accrediting bodies to accomplish the goals of institutions of higher education and applying effective methods for leading and managing student assessment efforts. His expertise is in effective pedagogical approaches in higher educational settings, educational technology, and higher educational assessment. Dr. Hantla also works with faith-based institutions to help students in discipleship and spiritual formation. He has led numerous conference workshops on these topics and continues to seek out partnerships, speaking engagements, and consulting relationships to impact the educational community using his expertise.

     

    Dr. Hantla combined his work on critical thinking in a quasi-experimental study researching the effects of flipping the classroom on critical thinking variables measured by a critical thinking rubric. He successfully defended his dissertation with the highest score awarded by SEBTS and is working on turning his dissertation into journal publications.

    Publications and Presentations

    •Hantla, B. (2018). Setting Up for Success: Qualtrics Surveying Design and Functionality. Presented at the Technology Learning Conference in Houston, TX, October 2018, (see conference proceedings). Available at: https://uhdtlc.wordpress.com/2018/09/25/setting-up-for-success-qualtrics...

    •Hantla, B. (2018). Set up for Success: Qualtrics Surveying Design and Functionality. Presented at the Texas Association of Institutional Research Summer Workshop in Austin, TX, July 2018, (see conference proceedings). Available at: https://texas-air.org/assets/pdf/TAIR-Summer-Workshops-2017-Official-Fly...

    •Hantla, B., Keith, P. (2017). The Heart of Compliance: Students and Your Policy Manual. Presented at the SACSCOC Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX, December 2017, (see conference proceedings). Available at: https://www.slideshare.net/BryceHantla/the-heart-of-compliance-instituti....

    •Hantla, B. (2017). Flipped Classrooms in the Humanities: Findings from a Quasi-Experimental Study. Christian Perspectives in Education, 10(1), 1-21. Available at: http://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/cpe/vol10/iss1/1/ 

    •Whitfield, K., Burkett, J., Hantla, B. (2015). Energizing your CASE: A Liberal Arts College’s QEP on Critical Thinking through Writing. Presented at the SACSCOC Annual Meeting in Houston, TX, December 2015 (see conference proceedings). Available at: https://www.slideshare.net/BryceHantla/energizing-your-case-qep-on-criti....

    •Hantla, B. (2015). Engaging Students with the Community through the Flipped Teaching Model: Findings from an Experimental Study. Presented at the 3rd International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference in Orem, UT, January 2015 (see conference proceedings https://www.hetl.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/HETL-SoTE-Conference-Pro...)  

    •Hantla, B. (2014). The effects of flipping the classroom on specific aspects of critical thinking in a humanities college: A quasi-experimental, mixed-methods study. A doctoral dissertation for Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, pp. 264. http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED556925 

    •Hantla, B. (2014). Noetic Sanctification: Using Critical Thinking to Facilitate Sanctification of the Mind. Christian Perspectives in Education, 7(1), 1-22. Available at: http://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/cpe/vol7/iss1/3/ 

    •McGee, D., & Hantla, B. (2013). The Portrayal of Fathers in Popular Media. The Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry, 3(2), 36-46. http://www.sbts.edu/family/files/2013/09/JDFM-3.2-Spring-2013-vFinal-2.pdf

    •McGee, D., & Hantla, B. (2012) An intelligent critique of multiple intelligences: a Christian review for leaders. Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership, 4(1), 3-16. http://www.regent.edu/acad/global/publications/jbpl/vol4no1/jbpl-vol4no1...

    •Coley, K., Hantla, B., Cobb, C. (2013). Best Practices for Beginning a Flipped Classroom in the Humanities. Presented at the NAPCE Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, October 2013 (see conference proceedings). Available at: https://kencoley.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/manuscript-best-practices-f....

    Contributions to Academic Encyclopedias

    •George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport (Eds.). (2018). Encyclopedia of the Global South. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Editorial Consultant.

    •Mark A. Lamport (Ed.). (2017). The Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Editorial Consultant.

    •Timothy Demy and Paul Shockley (Eds.). (2017). Evangelical America: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Religious Culture. Denver, CO: ABC-CLIO, LLC. 10 Article Contributions: Association of Christian Schools International; Graham, Billy; Evangelicalism; Family Research Council; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA; Dobson, James; MacArthur, John; Neo-Evangelicalism; Reformed Tradition, Evangelicalism.

    •George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport (Eds.). (2016). The Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Editorial Consultant and 10 Article Contributions: Boardus, Everardus; Gailor, Frank T.; Hammet, William; Hillenbrand, Reynold Henry; Lowrie, Walter; Maxwell, Leslie E.; Onderdonk, Henry U.; Peck, Edmund J.; Slocum, John; Whitfield, James M.

    •George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport (Eds.). (2015). The Encyclopedia of Christian Education. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 1 Article Contribution: Dykstra, Craig.

     

  • Paul_KeithDistance Education Associate Dean of Operations; Assistant Professor

    • B.S., College of Biblical Studies (Christian Leadership)
    • M.A.C.E., Dallas Theological Seminary (Christian Education)

    Bio

    Shane Boothe serves as the Distance Education Associate Dean of Operations and Assistant Professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas.

    Prior to coming to CBS, Shane served in a variety of roles in the Information Technology field. Shane's first association with CBS was in 1992 when the school was known as the Houston Bible Institute. From that first Bible Study Methods course he fell in love with biblical higher education in general and the College in particular. Shane has been with CBS full-time since 2003, initially serving as the Director of Information Technology and later as the Distance Education Associate Dean of Operations.

    Shane earned his Bachelor of Science in Christian Leadership from the College of Biblical Studies (2006) and a Masters of Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary in January 2012.

    Shane and his wife Connie reside in Humble, Texas and have two daughters (Katelyn and Gracelyn) and a son (Nathan). They are members of Humble First Baptist Church where Shane serves as a Bible teacher.

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    CBS demonstrates a strong commitment to the institution's educational mission through faculty who demonstrate scholarship and a heart for ministry. CBS full-time faculty members have significant ministry experience as well as academic qualifications. For instance, the majority of full-time faculty members and adjunct faculty members serve or have served in a staff position at a local church. Some of these ministries include: Missionary, Church Pastor, Associate Pastor, Director of Church Counseling, Coordinator of Pre-Marital Counseling, Student Ministry Pastor, Pastor of Leadership Development, Evangelism Minister, Christian Education Director, Discipleship Pastor, Worship Leader, Church Planting Pastor, Hispanic Pastor, Pastor of Assimilation, Director of Membership and Maturity, Church Consultant, Consultant for Children's Homes, School Principal, Minister of Missions, Camp Director, Chaplain and Minister to Prisons.

    The College of Biblical Studies is located in Houston, Texas. Leveraging its academic rigor and biblical worldview training, CBS offers a nationally and regionally accredited college education on campus and online, with several programs offered in the Spanish language. Students receive transformational education and training for service to families, ministries, businesses, and communities around the world. CBS has provided biblically based education to more than 26,000 students since 1976


     Dr. Mike Ayers, Professor 

    Dr. Joel Badal, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness; Professor

    Esmeralda Barrera, Senior Academic Advisor; Instructor

    Dr. William "Bill" Blocker, President, Professor

    Zelda Blocker, Associate Dean of Women’s Discipleship, Instructor 

    Shane Boothe, Distance Education Associate Dean of Operations; Assistant Professor 

    Dr. Douglas Brooks, Academic Advisor, Assistant Professor

    France Brown, Jr., Ernest L. Mays Assistant Professor of Expository Preaching and Biblical Teaching

    Dr. Brittany Burnette, Distance Education Associate Dean of Faculty and Curriculum Development; Professor

    Luzmar Cobos, Assistant Librarian; Instructor

    Dr. Richard M. Cozart, Professor

    Dr. Nicolas Ellen, Senior Professor

    Dr. Venessa Ellen, Chair of Women's Ministry Department

    Dr. Sergio Estrada, Professor

    Dr. Harold Fisher, Professor

    Dr. Bryce HantlaAssociate Academic Dean; Professor

    Debbie HarperAcademic Advisor; Instructor

    Alex Hernandez, Assistant Professor

    Paul Keith, Vice President Administration and Chief Operating Officer; Assistant Professor

    Dr. Leonette Lewis, Student Service Coordinator, Assistant Professor  

    Dr. Israel Loken, Chair, Bible and Theology Departments; Professor

    Artis Lovelady, III, Director of Library Services; Assistant Professor

    Dr. Marvin R. McNeese Jr., Chair, General Education Department; Professor

    Dr. Joseph Parle, Provost; Academic Dean; Professor

    Dr. Phillip Luke Sinitiere, Professor

    Dr. Paul R. Shockley, Professor

    Dr. Lisa Stewart, Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services; Dean of Students; Professor

    Dr. Steve Sullivan, Chair, Ministry Skills Department; Senior Professor

    Dr. Debra D. Watkins, Professor  

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    Melinda Merillat, Public Relations and Corporate Communications 

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    Merger Update

  • Urban Bible College Initiative

    Crossroads Bible College and College of Biblical Studies-Houston Pursuit of Merger

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Student Update 12.11.2018 


     

    Table of Contents

    INTRODUCTION 

    Crossroads Merger – General Information 

    1. Is Crossroads closing?
    2. Why is Crossroads pursuing a merger with CBS-Houston?
    3. Has Crossroads considered other mergers? 
    4. Will Crossroads Bible College’s name change?
    5. Will Crossroads close or relocate? 
    6. Will Crossroads be lost in the identity of CBS-Houston? 
    7. What are the key phases for project planning and integration? 
    8. How quickly will changes take place? 

    Accreditation and Course Offerings 

    9. How will this pursuit of merger impact the accreditation with ABHE and SACSCOC? 
    10. How will regional accreditation affect those degrees issued before the merger? Will our degrees be considered "Accredited"? 
    11. Will credits from Crossroads’ courses transfer to CBS-Houston after the merger? 
    12. Will all Crossroads’ course programs continue after the merger?
    13. Will Crossroads students graduating after the pending July 2019 merger with the College of Biblical Studies receive their diploma/transcript with the institution reflected as Crossroads Bible College or College of Biblical Studies?

    14. How will student headcount be affected?
    15. How will tuition be affected? 
    16. How will Crossroads scholarships be affected? 

    17. How will degree programs be affected?


     

     

     INTRODUCTION

    We have created this document to answer frequently asked questions to the degree that we are currently able. This document will be updated on a regular basis to provide the most current information available.

    In 2015, Inside Higher Education shared a Moody’s prediction that closure rates of small colleges and universities (under $100 million in operating revenues for private colleges) would triple in the coming years, and mergers would double. In 2018, Inside Higher Education reported that tuition revenuecontinues to decline and that 25% of private nonprofit colleges and universities spent more than they earned in 2017.

    At a fall 2017 meeting of presidents of Christian colleges and universities, the keynote speaker suggested that schools with shrinking enrollments and growing financial challenges need to consider all their options – including merging with stronger, more stable institutions, creating new partnerships, dramatically changing their programs or focus, selling off facilities and sharing space, becoming online only, or even closing their doors.

    So where does this challenging environment leave Crossroads Bible College? We face today’s realities, understanding that we cannot continue the way things are and we cannot go back to the way things were. We can only determine the best ways to move forward – recognizing God’s faithfulness and Hiscalling for our institution.

    The board of trustees of Crossroads Bible College, recognize the necessity of change to survive. They understand that we can accomplish more by working with other like-minded institutions in partnership than we can working alone. Therefore, the Crossroads Board and administration engaged in conversations with the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas, over a period of several months to discuss the possibility of a merger of the two colleges.

    CBS-Houston has invested significant resources in visits to Indianapolis and has conducted a feasibility study in cooperation with Crossroads administration. The goal was to explore if such a merger might be beneficial to both institutions and might be permitted by our respective accrediting agencies. It has taken many months of collaborative work to get to the place where we are today. The rest of the process will take an extended period in order for us to fulfill all the requirements necessary for a successful merger.

    The pursuit of this merger provides a strategic opportunity for both Crossroads and CBS-Houston to address the challenges facing biblical higher education and to create the Urban Bible College Initiative (UBCI) through which Crossroads and CBS-Houston can collaborate to provide the greatest potential for missional achievement.   [TOC]

     

    Crossroads Merger – General Information

     

    1. Is Crossroads closing?

    Crossroads is not closing. We are exploring strategic options with CBS-Houston that will enable us to continue with our mission of equipping Christian leaders to reach a multiethnic, urban world for Christ. CBS-Houston and Crossroads are liked-minded in mission and focus.

    2. Why is Crossroads pursuing a merger with CBS-Houston?

    The missions of Crossroads and CBS-Houston align.

    Crossroads and CBS-Houston are both called to serve multiethnic minorities and urban centers.

    Crossroads and CBS-Houston have similar academic programs offering traditional, nontraditional, and distance education.

    Both Crossroads and CBS-Houston are pursuing high-quality higher education programs to a diverse student body based on biblical worldview and teaching, as reflected by the accreditations of SACSCOC and ABHE.

    CBS-Houston brings some things to the table that are valuable to Crossroads such as regional accreditation, a developed online platform, and a strong team of professionals with a history of success. It also allows us to combine some resources, such as software licensing and information systems.

    Crossroads and CBS-Houston leadership believe combining resources and strengths will result in a stronger, more efficient, more effective collaborative ministry.

    Perhaps the biggest advantage was stated by Solomon in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.

    Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart

     

    3. Has Crossroads considered other mergers?

    In the last few years, Crossroads has been approached by at least two other Bible colleges to discuss potential partnerships/mergers. However, those conversations were abandoned before making the discussions public. In July 2018, the board of directors of Crossroads officially entered into an agreement to formerly proceed with the pursuit of merger with CBS-Houston, subject to the approval of the national accreditation board, Association of Biblical Higher Education and the regional accreditation board, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.    [TOC]

    4. Will Crossroads Bible College’s name change?

    In conjunction with the branding and communications implementation planning effort, the renaming of Crossroads will be considered and a recommendation(s) made to the governing board.

    5. Will Crossroads close or relocate?

    There are no plans to close any Crossroads sites. However, Crossroads-Indianapolis currently owns more property than it needs to fulfill its mission. Therefore, the Crossroads leadership and Board are working on various approaches to address debt reduction and reduction of operational overhead, including sale of the building/property. A purchase agreement for the Indianapolis campus is in place and expected closing date is January 2019. Plans are being developed to identify a new location. In the meantime, we will continue to keep the Indianapolis campus open through June 30, 2019. Selling the current property allows Crossroads to move to a more modern facility with lower operating costs.

    6. Will Crossroads be lost in the identity of CBS-Houston?

    CBS-Houston will work collectively with Crossroads to preserve and foster the CBGC mission, heritage, and legacy. CBS-Houston values Crossroads leadership and staff, their contributions to the pursuit of merger, and will be engaging appropriate leadership in the merger implementation planning and management process.

    7. What are the key phases for project planning and integration?

    The major phases include initial Exploration, which covers due diligence and Feasibility Study Report, Board Decisions to approve and commit to the overall project resources, Collaboration to form project task forces with joint efforts to develop integration plans for key functional areas (e.g., Accreditation, Academic/DE, HR, Finance, IT, etc.), Implementation or Integration Execution, followed by Evaluation or lessons learned for future improvement. We are in the collaboration phase.

    8. How quickly will changes take place?

    During the pursuit of merger process, most changes will be gradual. Crossroads will continue to be governed by its current board of trustees, and CBS-Houston will be involved in major decisions. The pursuit of merger process is a lengthy one that requires approval of the accrediting agencies for both institutions. The timeline below provides a summary of the key implementation steps and actions.    [TOC]

    Accreditation and Course Offerings

    9. How will this pursuit of merger impact the accreditation with ABHE and SACSCOC?

    There is nothing in the Feasibility Study Report (FSR) indicating a risk to the accreditation status of the institutions if we follow their standards and policies. Our team will work diligently to protect the accreditation of both institutions.

    10. How will regional accreditation affect those degrees issued before the merger? Will our degrees be considered "Accredited"?

    The regional accreditation agency, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, stipulates that accreditation status is given to degrees by students who are currently in a degree program at the time accreditation is achieved. SACSCOC does not allow accreditation status to be retroactive. 

    11. Will credits from Crossroads’ courses transfer to CBS-Houston after the merger?

    Yes, credits from Crossroads courses will transfer to CBS-Houston.

    12. Will all Crossroads’ course programs continue after the merger?

    Yes, current course programs will be initially available after the merger. An assessment is being conducted and a plan developed to assist students through any program transitions that are determined to be appropriate. This plan will include communications and interactions with students to assist them with program completion.

    13. Will Crossroads students graduating after the pending July 2019 merger with the College of Biblical Studies receive their diploma/transcript with the institution reflected as Crossroads Bible College or College of Biblical Studies?

    Crossroads students graduating after the pending July 2019 merger with the College of Biblical Studies will receive a diploma and transcript with the College of Biblical Studies as the degree granting institution.

    Sept.-Dec. Prepare SACSCOC compliance certification document

    Nov. Substantive Change Prospectus approved by ABHE Commission on Accreditation

    Dec. Substantive Change Prospectus approved by SACSCOC Board

    Jan. 10, 2019 SACSCOC compliance certification submission

    Feb. 11-14, 2019 SACSCOC site visit-Houston

    June 2019 SACSCOC Commission approves/denies merger

    July 1, 2019 Merger effective date - College of Biblical Studies with Crossroads

    July-Dec. 2019 ABHE site visit-Indianapolis 

    14. How will student headcount be affected?

    CBS-Houston intentions are to retain, and grow, the current Crossroads student enrollment. However, there may be changes in enrollment patterns as decisions are made related to additional locations and online enrollment, etc.

    15. How will tuition be affected?

    Crossroads’ per credit hour tuition of $395 is currently higher than CBS-Houston’s tuition of $274, and it is feasible, pending final assessment, that the tuition could be reduced or adjusted, as early as 2019-20, to be more consistent with the tuition of CBS-Houston.

    16. How will Crossroads scholarships be affected?

    Students should continue to receive scholarships consistent with Crossroads’ current student financial aid offerings. Additional scholarships/aid could be implemented as appropriate to affordability strategies and resources.

    17. How will degree programs be affected?

    A major initiative is to align the current Crossroads and CBS-Houston degree program offerings. It is anticipated that several of the programs will merge into current programs, while a select few will be new offerings. An appropriate plan will be developed to support students pursing degree programs.    [TOC]

    Questions?

    We will work diligently to answer any questions or concerns. Please send questions to Questions@Crossroads.edu.


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    April 10, 2019

    Crossroads Bible College Leases Space at Iconic Indy Pyramids 
    Commercial Pyramids Indianapolis

    Houston, TX – The College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas has just announced the lease of 21,000 square feet in the Indy Pyramids at College Park, Indianapolis. This lease space will be the new  Indianapolis location of Crossroads Bible College. Crossroads Bible College and the College of Biblical Studies signed an agreement in early 2018 to pursue a merger of the two schools.

     “For CBS-Houston, this merger will expand its reach through the addition of an Indianapolis campus, several regional locations, and online offerings. For Crossroads, this merger will protect its rich heritage while securing a promising future and greater opportunities for students – including regional accreditation,” stated Dr. Bill Blocker, president of the College of Biblical Studies.

    In March, Crossroads sold its current property at 601 N. Shortridge to Indiana Black Expo. “One of the most important factors in this merger is providing the best educational experience we can for our students. In selling the current property and relocating to a more modern facility, we can give our students advantages that we are unable to offer at Shortridge,” stated Dr. Charles Ware, president emeritus of Crossroads Bible College.

    The decision to lease space at this Indy landmark was based on student and staff needs, such as modern conveniences, 24/7 onsite security, fitness center, onsite café, and proximity to the bus line. Classes will continue to be held at the Shortridge location until June 14, and classes will begin at the new location on June 17. The merger is expected to be finalized by June 30 at which time Crossroads will officially become the College of Biblical Studies. 

    About the College of Biblical Studies                                                              CBS-Houston Campus
    The College of Biblical Studies-Houston Board of Trustees are pursuing the merger of Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis, Indiana, subject to the approval of ABHE and SACSCOC accreditation agencies. Leveraging its academic rigor and biblical worldview training, CBS offers a nationally and regionally accredited college education on campus and online, with several programs offered in the Spanish language. Students receive transformational education and training for service to families, ministries, businesses, and communities around the world. CBS has provided biblically based education to more than 26,000 students since 1976, and is ranked as one of the lowest tuitions in Texas. For more information on the pursuit of merger, visit http://www.cbshouston.edu/merger.

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    Dear Friends of Crossroads,

    The merger pursuit between the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas, and Crossroads Bible College is progressing as expected, and we wanted to share with you more about the next phases of this merger and what to expect.

     Pivotal Milestone Achieved March 21, 2019 - Click To Learn

     

    1. Why merge with CBS-Houston?

    The reason we chose to merge with CBS-Houston is because of the many benefits to our students and our community, such as:

    • CBS-Houston is a college that honors Crossroads’ heritage and mission.
    • The CBS-Houston mission and commitment to biblical education is identical to ours.
    • As part of CBS-Houston, Crossroads will become regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This regional accreditation is similar to the accreditation found at Notre Dame, University of Indiana, Purdue University, and many more. Degrees will be nationally and regionally accredited!
    • Crossroads will still hold our national accreditation through the Association of Biblical Higher Education.
    • CBS-Houston’s degree programs include organizational leadership, biblical counseling, women’s ministry, and Christian leadership.
    • Several of their degree programs are offered entirely in the Spanish language.
    • Several degree programs are offered completely online.
    • Additional staff and faculty will be available to support our students in their educational and ministry pursuits.
    • CBS-Houston is committed to our students. And, they have committed to making this transition as seamless aspossible. 

    2. What are the steps necessary to complete the merger?

    The merger pursuit is complex and includes a lengthy approval process from SACSCOC and ABHE. We must be diligent to ensure each phase is accomplished with excellence. Below is a timeline that outlines the different phases to be carried out before the merger is complete.

    Merger Timeline

     3. Will the Indianapolis campus close?

    Crossroads-Indianapolis currently owns more property than it needs to fulfill its mission. Therefore, the Crossroads leadership and board are working on various approaches to address debt reduction and reduction of operational overhead, including sale of the building/property.

    A purchase agreement for the Indianapolis campus is in place, with an expected closing date in early 2019. Plans are being developed to identify a new location. In the meantime, we will continue to keep the Indianapolis campus open through June 30, 2019. Selling the current property allows Crossroads to move to a more modern facility with lower operating costs.

    4. Where will the new building be located?

    The location has not been determined. However, CBS-Houston and Crossroads are working to find an optimal location for students and staff based on surveys and focus groups recently implemented.

    5. How can I stay updated on the progress of the merger?

    Our main channels of communication will be email, the Crossroads website, and CBS-Houston's website.  If you would like to send us your email address to receive future emails, please do so at Questions@Crossroads.edu. 

    We will also update our websites as new updates are available. You can find these updates at https://www.crossroads.edu or http://www.cbshouston.edu/.

    Look for our next update soon.

    This is a historic time for Crossroads and CBS-Houston. God is moving in a mighty way and we praise Him for His faithfulness!  

     Because of Christ,

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    Dr. Bill Blocker

    President, College of Biblical Studies-Houston 

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    Dr. A. Charles Ware

    PresidentEmeritus, Crossroads BibleCollege

    Founder/CEO, Grace Relations Network

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    DR. WILLIAM “BILL” BLOCKER

    President, College of Biblical Studies

    Since July 2012, William "Bill" Blocker has served as president of the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, a leading biblically-based college with a committed focus on diversity. “CBS-Houston and Crossroads are known for equipping students from the African American, Hispanic, Chin, Asian, and other ethnically diverse communities. Together we will be a nationally acclaimed model of multicultural ministry equipping students from all walks of life.”

    Under Dr. Blocker’s leadership, CBS-Houston has become one of only four Bible colleges with dual accreditation through the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) and the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). With classes offered online and on-campus, a bold strategic plan is in place to ensure the College is equipped to change the world by transforming every student.

    Dr. Blocker came to CBS-Houston from Moody Bible Institute of Chicago where he managed the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Educational Technology Services, Moody Distance Learning, and Library Services. He also led a number of strategic initiatives including marketing, global impact, technology, the school’s media ministry, and many others. Before Moody, Dr. Blocker spent a total of 15 years as chief information office at TMI Consulting in Chicago, and Robinson & Cole Law Firm in Hartford, CT.

    Dr. Blocker earned a Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary. In the mid-1990s, while serving as an adjunct faculty member for Chicago Theological Seminary, he created, developed, and taught the first technology and theology course transmitted synchronously outside the contiguous United States that met stringent Association of Theological Schools’ accrediting association standards. 

    His recent professional involvement includes Association of Higher Biblical Education Flagship Presidents Group, Overseas Council Advisory Board, and United World Missionary Board of Directors.

    Dr. Blocker regularly leads tours to Israel. In 2009, he wrote an article focused on his journeys: Making the Most of Your Trip to Israel: A Spiritual Formation Guide. In 2016, he published a daily devotional book entitled Word to the Wise, and in 2018, Transformational Discipleship: A Guide Toward Spiritual Maturity. His radio program (also called Word to the Wise) is heard daily on over 500 stations in 45 states. 


    Dr. A. Charles Ware

    DR. A. CHARLES WARE

    President Emeritus, Crossroads Bible College

    Dr. A. Charles Ware, president of Crossroads Bible College from 1991-2018, and now president emeritus, is providing his experience and expertise through the merger process. "Regularly, I see evidence of the hand of God in our pursuit of merger! It is not only exciting to see the similar mission between CBS-Houston and Crossroads, but also to see how our future initiatives are very much aligned. Together, we will be more useful to the kingdom of God through our collaborative efforts in humble dependence upon God. I believe 2019 will prove to be a significant milestone in the history of our institutions!"

    Dr. Ware is an international authority and life coach on race/ethnic reconciliation matters. Founder and CEO of the Grace Relations Network, he is a recognized leader in multicultural ministry and biblical racial reconciliation. Dr. Ware continues to deepen his understanding of reconciliation issues as he seeks solutions to develop and maintain a loving, diverse environment on a moral foundation. He has founded and collaborated in forming numerous reconciliation organizations and spearheaded seven national multiracial ministry conferences.

    He is also the founding pastor of Crossroads Bible Church. 

    Dr. Ware received his Bachelor of Religious Education from Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania in 1972, Master of Divinity from Capital Bible Seminary in 1992, and honorary Doctor of Divinity from Baptist Bible Seminary in 1993. He has been widely recognized with honors including the John M. Perkins Visionary Leadership Award (2003) and the Cross-Cultural Initiative of the Year Award (2002) for excellence in the facilitation of cross-cultural initiatives that promote Christian cooperation and service.

    Dr. Ware is a featured presenter, conference speaker,and author. His appearances include Answers in Genesis Library, Moody Radio Network,and the International Generation of Reconciliation course (AnchorsAway). Dr. Ware co-authored One Race One Blood with Ken Ham, CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis, the Creation Museum, and the ARK.Committed to continued development, Dr. Ware serves on the boards of the Association of Biblical Higher Education, AnchorsAway, and as advisory council member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition.  


    Michael Gentry

    MICHAEL E. GENTRY

    Interim President, Crossroads Bible College

    Michael Edward Gentry serves as interim president of Crossroads Bible College. Before accepting the position of interim president, he served faithfully on the Crossroads Board of Trustees for 18 years and served as board chairperson in 2015-2018. 

    Mr. Gentry sites Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 in his support of this pursuit of merger. Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow. “God's timing to ensure the success of both His instituions demonstrates His faithfullness to His mission."

    Before joining Crossroads, Mr. Gentry had a long and distinguished career with Marathon Pipeline in the areas of pipeline operations, operation center supervisor, operations specialist, pipeline inspector, auditing, budget forecaster, area manager, and department manager. 

    Mr. Gentry earned a degree in nursing from Lubbock School of Nursing in 1977, attended the University of Findlay Business, and achieved the National Association Corrosion Engineers’ Senior Corrosion Certification. In 2015, he co-authored Every Beat of My Heart. Upon retiring from Marathon, Mr. Gentry began Gentry Consulting specializing in post incident investigations. 


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    If you would like more information about the merger, please contact: Melinda Merillat, Public Relations and Corporate Communications. Melinda.merillat@cbhouston.edu; P. 832.252.0745 or 936.520.1852.

     

    The College of Biblical Studies-Houston officially enters into an agreement to pursue merger with Crossroads Bible College 

     
    After months of evaluation and due diligence, the CBS-Houston Board of Trustees has agreed to begin pursuing the merger of Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis, Indiana, subject to the approval of ABHE and SACSCOC accreditation agencies. We believe Crossroads will be a great addition to the CBS-Houston family.

     

    This merger will accomplish the following:

    • Expand the CBS-Houston reach through the addition of an Indianapolis campus, several regional locations, and online offerings; 
    • Protect the rich heritage of Crossroads while securing a promising future filled with greater opportunities for students. 

    This is an exciting time! God has graciously provided an opportunity that will help expand the reach of CBS-Houston and Crossroads Bible College. Our combined resources and strengths will result in a stronger, more efficient, more effective collaborative ministry. 

     

    Why Merge? 

     

    Why Merge Video

     

     

    About the College of Biblical Studies

     

    The College of Biblical Studies is located in Houston, Texas. Leveraging its academic rigor and biblical worldview training, CBS offers a nationally and regionally accredited college education on campus and online, with several programs offered in the Spanish language. Students receive transformational education and training for service to families, ministries, businesses, and communities around the world. CBS has provided biblically based education to more than 26,000 students since 1976, and is ranked as one of the lowest tuitions in Texas. 

     

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  • College of Biblical Studies (CBS) is committed to protecting the privacy of all students, regardless of modality. As a condition of retaining its regional SACSCOC accreditation, CBS is publishing its written procedure for protecting the privacy of students enrolled in distance and correspondence education courses and programs.

    Approach and Procedure
    To protect the privacy of all students, including distance learning students, CBS supports and complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. CBS makes the text of the FERPA act available to all constituents via the CBS website and publications such as the Student Handbook and Academic Catalog.

    At enrollment, all CBS students are issued a unique student identification number. This student ID becomes the unique identifier for the student throughout his/her academic career at the College. CBS does not allow the use of the student's Social Security number as a means of systems access. The College also issues each student a unique CBS email address.

    Through the unique student identification number or the student email address, along with a password, the student is able to access systems such as SonisWeb (student information system), GMail (student email system), Blackboard (learning management system), GlobalVFS (financial aid system), etc.

    In a similar fashion, college personnel are also issues unique login credentials for all CBS systems. In the event of CBS personnel no longer being employed by the school, the former employee's accounts are disabled to prevent access.

    To further help ensure the privacy of all students, all system account permissions follow the principle of least privilege. This approach ensures that a given individual only has permissions to perform system functions and access data that is appropriate for their needs. All systems also employ encryption so that the data cannot be intercepted and read by 3rd parties. And finally, all systems are hosted and maintained by the vendor, ensuring that the systems stay updated and are housed in world-class data centers.

  • BACHELOR OF SCIENCE -- FOUR YEAR DEGREE PROGRAM

    Major: Women's Ministry

    Minor: Ministry of the Pastor’s Wife

    GENERAL STUDIES

    HRS

    ADDITIONAL COURSES

    HRS

    ENGLISH 9 hours

     

    BIBLE 21 hours

     

    ENGL 1301 English Composition 1

    3

    BIBL 1311 Pentateuch

    3

    ENGL 1302 English Composition 2

    3

    BIBL 1312 Historical Literature

    3

    ENGL 2312 Research and Writing

    3

    BIBL 1213 Wisdom Literature

    2

    College Preparedness 3 hours

     

    BIBL 1414 Prophets

    4

    GNED 1301 Steward Your College Experience

    3

    BIBL 1321 Gospels

    3

    SOCIAL SCIENCES 3 hours

     

    BIBL 1322 Acts and Pauline Epistles

    3

    HIST 2321 Western Civilization 1OR

    HIST 2322 Western Civilization 2

    3

    BIBL 1323 General Epistles and Revelation

    3

    THEOLOGY 15 hours

     

    NATURAL SCIENCE/COMPUTER 6 hours

     

    THEO 1311 Introduction to Theological Method

    3

    BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology1

    3

    THEO 1312 God, Christ, and Holy Spirit

    3

    COSC 1317 Introduction to Computing

    3

    THEO 1313 Man, Sin, and Salvation

    3

    FINE ARTS/HUMANITIES 9 hours

     

    THEO 1314 Angels, Church, and Prophecy

    3

    ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech2

    3

    THEO 3341 Apologetics

    3

    PHIL 2304 Introduction to Philosophy

    3

    MINISTRY SKILLS 6 hours

     

    PHIL 3305 Christian Ethics

    3

    MSMN 1301 Bible Study Methods

    3

    CHRISTIAN SERVICE 2 units

     

    MSMN 2302 Foundations of Spiritual Life

    3

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 1

    1u

    GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES 12 hours

     

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 2

    1u

    General Education Electives

    12

    SPIRITUAL FORMATION 2 units

     

    FREE ELECTIVES 0 hours

     

    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation, 1

    1u

    No free electives

    0

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation, 2

    1u

     

     

     

    MAJOR COURSES 36 hours

    HRS

    WMIN 3302 The Role of Women in Life and Ministry3

    3

    MSBC 3313 Introduction to Biblical Framework Counseling

    3

    WMIN 3301 Women’s Spiritual Formation

    3

    MSBC 3315 Marriage and Family

    3

    WMIN 4303 Hospitality and Home Governance3

    3

    WMIN 4301 The Role of Women in Church Administration3 

    3

    WMIN 4302 Women Counseling Women3

    3

    WMIN 4331 Women’s Ministry Development and Design3

    3

    WMIN 4321 Women Shepherding Women3

    3

    WMIN 4322 Developing Leadership Teams for Women3

    3

    WMIN 4323 Survey of the Ministry of the Pastor’s Wife3, 4

    3

    WMIN 4324 Spiritual Health of the Pastor’s Wife3, 4

    3

    1 ASTR 2301 Astronomy may substitute for BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology.

    2 MSMN 1303 Principles of Biblical Teaching and MSWM 3323 Women Teaching Women may substitute for ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech. MSWM 3323 Women Teaching Women is for women only.

    3 These classes are for women only.

    4 WMIN 4323 and WMIN 4324 are taken in lieu of Free Electives above.

     

    Minor: Ministry of the Pastor's Wife

    Purpose: The Bachelor of Science Degree in Women’s Ministry with a minor in the Ministry of the Pastor’s Wife is designed to equip pastors’ wives with a vast array of knowledge and skill in understanding and ministering to women. Students in the Ministry of the Pastor’s Wife program will learn how to develop a philosophy for women’s ministry as well as practical skills to minister and care for other women. Additionally, this program is carefully designed to encourage the pastor’s wife in her personal life as a woman of God and further equip her to sojourn with her husband in ministry. The students will receive biblically based education with practical life applications so that they can study the Word, apply it to their lives and then teach other women how to do the same. Upon completion of the program, the student will be a stronger asset to her pastor/husband and her local church.

    Suggested Sequence

    Year

    Fall

    Spring

    Summer

    1

    MSMN 1301 Bible Study Methods

    ENGL 1301 English Composition 1

    COSC 1317 Introduction to Computing

    GNED 1301 Steward Your College Experience

    WMIN 3312 The Role of Women in Life and Ministry

    BIBL 1311 Pentateuch

    THEO 1311 Introduction to Theological Method

    ENGL 1302 English Composition 2

    BIBL 1312 Historical Literature

    THEO 1312 God, Christ, and Holy Spirit

    ENGL 2312 Research and Writing

    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation

    2

    BIBL 1213 Wisdom Literature

    THEO 1313 Man, Sin, and Salvation

    MSBC 3313 Introduction to Biblical Framework Counseling

    BIBL 1414 Prophets

    General Education Elective

    WMIN 4303 Hospitality and Home Governance

    MSMN 2302 Foundations of Spiritual Life

    THEO 1314 Angels, Church, and Prophecy

    General Education Elective

    WMIN 3301 Women’s Spiritual Formation

    BIBL 1321 Gospels

    THEO 3341 Apologetics

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service Learning Program

    3

    WMIN 4302 Women Counseling Women

    BIBL 1322 Acts and Pauline Epistles

    PHIL 2304 Introduction to Philosophy

    MSCE 4325 Special Issues in Ministering to Women

    MSBC 3315 Marriage and Family

    BIBL 1323 General Epistles and Revelation

    PHIL 3305 Christian Ethics

    General Education Elective

    WMIN 4312 Stages of Women’s Development

    BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology

    HIST 2321 Western Civilization 1 or 2

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service Learning Program

    4

    WMIN 4301 The Role of Women in Church Administration

    WMIN 4321 Women Shepherding Women

    MSBC 4322 Developing Leadership Teams for Women

    General Education Elective

    WMIN 4323 Survey of the Ministry of the Pastor's Wife

    WMIN 4324 Spiritual Health of the Pastor’s Wife

    WMIN 4331 Women's Ministry Planning and Program Design

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation

     

  • BACHELOR OF SCIENCE -- FOUR YEAR DEGREE PROGRAM

    MAJOR: BIBLICAL STUDIES

    Minor: Women's Ministry

    GENERAL STUDIES

    HRS

    ADDITIONAL COURSES

    HRS

    ENGLISH 9 hours

     

    BIBLE 21 hours

     

    ENGL 1301 English Composition 1

    3

    BIBL 1311 Pentateuch

    3

    ENGL 1302 English Composition 2

    3

    BIBL 1312 Historical Literature

    3

    ENGL 2312 Research and Writing

    3

    BIBL 1213 Wisdom Literature

    2

    College Preparedness 3 hours

     

    BIBL 1414 Prophets

    4

    GNED 1301 Steward Your College Experience

    3

    BIBL 1321 Gospels

    3

    SOCIAL SCIENCES 3 hours

     

    BIBL 1322 Acts and Pauline Epistles

    3

    HIST 2321 Western Civilization 1OR

    HIST 2322 Western Civilization 2

    3

    BIBL 1323 General Epistles and Revelation

    3

    THEOLOGY 12 hours

     

    NATURAL SCIENCE/COMPUTER 6 hours

     

    THEO 1311 Introduction to Theological Method

    3

    BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology1

    3

    THEO 1312 God, Christ, and Holy Spirit

    3

    COSC 1317 Introduction to Computing

    3

    THEO 1313 Man, Sin, and Salvation

    3

    FINE ARTS/HUMANITIES 9 hours

     

    THEO 1314 Angels, Church, and Prophecy

    3

    ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech2

    3

    MINISTRY SKILLS 9 hours

     

    PHIL 2304 Introduction to Philosophy

    3

    MSMN 1301 Bible Study Methods

    3

    PHIL 3305 Christian Ethics

    3

    MSMN 1302 Principles of Biblical Teaching

    3

    CHRISTIAN SERVICE 2 units

     

    MSMN 2302 Foundations of Spiritual Life

    3

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 1

    1u

    GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES 12 hours

     

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 2

    1u

    General Education Electives

    12

    SPIRITUAL FORMATION 2 units

     

    FREE ELECTIVES 6 hours

     

    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation, 1

    1u

    Free Electives

    6

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation, 2

    1u

     

     

     

    MAJOR COURSES 30 hours

     

    ETHICS, LEADERSHIP AND COUNSELING COURSES 9 hours

    LSOL 3301 Introduction to Christian Leadership

    3

    MSBC 3313 Introduction to Biblical Framework Counseling

    3

    BIBLE AND THEOLOGY ELECTIVES 3 hours

     

    BIBL 4331 Advanced Hermeneutics

    3

    THEO 3341 Apologetics

    3

    Women’s Ministry - MINOR COURSES 18 hours

     

    MSBC 3315 Marriage and Family

    3

    WMIN 3301 Spiritual Formation3

    3

    WMIN 3302 The Role of Women in Life and Ministry3

    3

    WMIN 4321 Women Shepherding Women3

    3

    WMIN 4322 Developing Leadership Teams for Women3

    3

    WMIN 4323 Survey of the Ministry of the Pastor’s Wife3

    3

    G

    1 ASTR 2301 Astronomy may substitute for BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology

    2 MSMN 1303 Principles of Biblical Teaching and MSWM 3323 Women Teaching Women may substitute for ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech. MSWM 3323 Women Teaching Women is for women only.

    3 These classes are for women only.

    Minor: Women’s Ministry

    Purpose: The Bachelor of Science Degree in Biblical Studies with a minor in Women’s Ministry is designed to equip women with in-depth knowledge of the word of God and the skill to practically apply it to all of life’s many situations. Students in the Women’s Ministry minor will have an opportunity to explore various issues that women face and examine biblical truths that are applicable to those issues. Upon completion of the program the student will be thoroughly equipped to minister to women in their local churches, communities, and families.

    Suggested Sequence

    Year

    Fall

    Spring

    Summer

    1

    MSMN 1301 Bible Study Methods

    GNED 1301 Steward Your College Experience

    ENGL 1301 English Composition 1

    COSC 1317 Introduction to Computing

    BIBL 1311 Pentateuch

    ENGL 1302 English Composition 2

    THEO 1311 Introduction to Theological Method

    BIBL 1321 Gospels

    THEO 1312 God, Christ, and Holy Spirit

    BIBL 1312 Historical Literature

    ENGL 2312 Research and Writing

    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation

    2

    THEO 1313 Man, Sin, and Salvation

    BIBL 1213 Wisdom Literature

    BIBL 1414 Prophets

    ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech

    MSMN 1302 Principles of Biblical Teaching

    General Education Elective

    THEO 1314 Angels, Church, and Prophecy

    BIBL 1322 Acts and Pauline Epistles

    BIBL 1323 General Epistles and Revelation

    HIST 2321 Western Civilization 1 or 2.

    BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service Learning Program

    3

    General Education Elective

    MSMN 2302 Foundations of Spiritual Life

    MSBC 3313 Introduction to Biblical Framework Counseling

    General Education Elective

    THEO 3341 Apologetics

    LSOL 3301 Introduction to Christian Leadership

    BIBL 4331 Advanced Hermeneutics

    WMIN 3301 Women’s Spiritual Formation

    BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology

    MSBC 3315 Marriage and Family

    WMIN 3302 The Role of Women in Life and Ministry

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service Learning Program

    4

    WMIN 4321 Women Shepherding Women

    WMIN 4322 Developing Leadership Teams for Women

    PHIL 2304 Introduction to Philosophy

    Elective

    PHIL 3305 Christian Ethics

    WMIN 4323 Survey of the Ministry of Pastor’s Wife

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation

    Elective

     

  • BACHELOR OF SCIENCE – FOUR YEAR DEGREE PROGRAM

    MAJOR: BIBLICAL STUDIES

    Minor: Biblical Preaching 

    GENERAL STUDIES

    HRS

    ADDITIONAL COURSES

    HRS

    ENGLISH 9 hours

     

    BIBLE 21 hours

     

    ENGL 1301 English Composition 1

    3

    BIBL 1311 Pentateuch

    3

    ENGL 1302 English Composition 2

    3

    BIBL 1312 Historical Literature

    3

    ENGL 2312 Research and Writing

    3

    BIBL 1213 Wisdom Literature

    2

    College Preparedness 3 hours

     

    BIBL 1414 Prophets

    4

    GNED 1301 Steward Your College Experience

    3

    BIBL 1321 Gospels

    3

    SOCIAL SCIENCES 3 hours

     

    BIBL 1322 Acts and Pauline Epistles

    3

    HIST 2321 Western Civilization 1OR

    HIST 2322 Western Civilization 2

    3

    BIBL 1323 General Epistles and Revelation

    3

    THEOLOGY 12 hours

     

    NATURAL SCIENCE/COMPUTER 6 hours

     

    THEO 1311 Introduction to Theological Method

    3

    BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology1

    3

    THEO 1312 God, Christ, and Holy Spirit

    3

    COSC 1317 Introduction to Computing

    3

    THEO 1313 Man, Sin, and Salvation

    3

    FINE ARTS/HUMANITIES 9 hours

     

    THEO 1314 Angels, Church, and Prophecy

    3

    ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech2

    3

    MINISTRY SKILLS 9 hours

     

    PHIL 2304 Introduction to Philosophy

    3

    MSMN 1301 Bible Study Methods

    3

    PHIL 3305 Christian Ethics

    3

    MSMN 1302 Principles of Biblical Teaching

    3

    CHRISTIAN SERVICE 2 units

     

    MSMN 2302 Foundations of Spiritual Life

    3

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 1

    1u

    GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES 12 hours

     

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 2

    1u

    General Education Electives

    12

    SPIRITUAL FORMATION 2 units

     

    FREE ELECTIVES 6 hours

     

    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation, 1

    1u

    Free Electives

    6

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation, 2

    1u

     

     

     

    MAJOR COURSES 30 hours

     

    LEADERSHIP AND COUNSELING COURSES 6 hours

     

    LSOL 3301 Introduction to Christian Leadership

    3

    MSBC 3313 Introduction to Biblical Framework Counseling

    3

    BIBLE AND THEOLOGY 6 hours

     

    BIBL 4331 Advanced Hermeneutics

    3

    THEO 3341 Apologetics

    3

    PASTORAL MINISTRIES - MINOR COURSES 18 hours

     

    MSPM 3300 Introduction to Expository Preaching: Epistolary Literature

    3

    Upper Level Preaching Electives

    15

    1 ASTR 2301 Astronomy may substitute for BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology

    2 MSPM 3300 Introduction to Expository Preaching: Epistolary Literature or MSMN 1303 Principles of Biblical Teaching Lab may substitute for ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech. Students declaring the Biblical Preaching minor, who substitute MSPM 3300 Introduction to Expository Preaching: Epistolary Literature for ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech will complete 18 additional hours of preaching courses to satisfy their Biblical Preaching minor requirements. Alternatively, students declaring the Biblical Preaching minor who do not substitute MSPM 3300 Introduction to Expository Preaching: Epistolary Literature for ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech will complete MSPM 3300 Introduction to Expository Preaching: Epistolary Literature and 15 additional hours of preaching courses to satisfy their Biblical Preaching minor requirements.

    Minor: Biblical Preaching

    Purpose: The purpose of the Biblical Preaching minor is to equip students with the core competencies central to developing and delivering sermons that are Bible-centered, clear, interesting, relevant and life-changing. It is comprised of 18 hours of required and elective preaching courses.

    Students learn to develop messages from multiple emphases and genres of biblical literature and to deliver them using a variety of homiletical expressions to the greater glory of God.

    Suggested Sequence

    Year

    Fall

    Spring

    Summer

    1

    MSMN 1301 Bible Study Methods

    GNED 1301 Stewarding Your College Experience

    ENGL 1301 English Composition 1

    COSC 1317 Introduction to Computing

    BIBL 1311 Pentateuch

    BIBL 1321 Gospels

    ENGL 1302 English Composition 2

    THEO 1311 Introduction to Theological Method

    THEO 1312 God, Christ, and Holy Spirit

    BIBL 1312 Historical Literature

    ENGL 2312 Research and Writing

    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation

    2

    THEO 1313 Man, Sin, and Salvation

    ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech

    BIBL 1213 Wisdom Literature

    General Education Elective

    MSMN 1302 Principles of Biblical Teaching

    THEO 1314 Angels, Church, and Prophecy

    BIBL 1322 Acts and Pauline Epistles

    General Education Elective

    BIBL 1323 General Epistles and Revelation

    BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology

    HIST 1322 Western Civilization 1 or 2

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service Learning Program

    3

    MSBC 3313 Introduction to Biblical Framework Counseling

    MSMN 2302 Foundations of Spiritual Life

    BIBL 1414 Prophets

    General Education Elective

    THEO 3341 Apologetics

    MSPM 3300 Introduction to Expository Preaching: Epistolary Literature

    LSOL 3301 Introduction to Christian Leadership

    General Education Elective

    Upper Level Preaching Elective

    BIBL 4331 Advanced Hermeneutics

    Upper Level Preaching Elective

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service Learning Program

    4

    PHIL 2304 Introduction to Philosophy

    Upper Level Preaching Elective

    Upper Level Preaching Elective

    Free Elective

    PHIL 3305 Christian Ethics

    Upper Level Preaching Elective

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation

    Free Elective

     

     

  • Bachelor of Science - Four Year Degree Program

    Major: Biblical Studies

    Program Coordinator: Israel Loken, Ph.D. 

    Purpose and Objectives: The Biblical Studies major is designed to equip men and women with the skills necessary for ministry in a variety of contexts. Built on the foundation of inductive Bible interpretation, the program includes training in Christian Leadership and Biblical Counseling. Upon completion of the  program, successful students will be able to:

    1. Defend biblically one’s position on major biblical interpretiveissues.
    2. Learn and apply principles for Christianministry.
    3. Categorize major doctrines of the Bible.

    Graduation Requirements:

    1. Successful completion of all admissions requirements including completion of high school diploma or GED
    2. Minimum of 24 hours in major completed at CBS
    3. Minimum of 120 hours tograduate
    4. Satisfactory completion of all requirements on Official DegreePlan
    5. Satisfactory completion of 2 units in Christian Service LearningProgram and 2 Spiritual Formation units
    6. Cumulative 2.0 grade pointaverage
    7. Academic advising sessions including pre and posttesting/measurements
    8. Intent to Graduate Form filed by submitteddeadline
    9. Graduation/Diplomafee
    10. No unresolved disciplinary matter, including but not limited to, student code of conduct violations, library, or financialobligation
    11. Completion of exit counseling for students with Stafford or PLUSloans
    12. Approval by CBS faculty
    13. See Graduation Requirements for additional requirement(s) for all academicprograms

    MAJOR: BIBLICAL STUDIES

    Minor: None

    GENERAL STUDIES HRS ADDITIONAL COURSES HRS
    ENGLISH 9 hours   BIBLE 21 hours  
    ENGL 1301 English Composition 1 3 BIBL 1311 Pentateuch 3
    ENGL 1302 English Composition 2 3 BIBL 1312 Historical Literature 3
    ENGL 2312 Research and Writing 3 BIBL 1213 Wisdom Literature 2
    College Preparedness 3 hours   BIBL 1414 Prophets 4
    GNED 1301 Steward Your College Experience 3 BIBL 1321 Gospels 3
    SOCIAL SCIENCES 3 hours   BIBL 1322 Acts and Pauline Epistles 3
    HIST 2321 Western Civilization 1ORHIST 2322 Western Civilization 2 3 BIBL 1323 General Epistles and Revelation 3
    THEOLOGY 12 hours  
    NATURAL SCIENCE/COMPUTER 6 hours   THEO 1311 Introduction to Theological Method 3
    BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology1 3 THEO 1312 God, Christ, and Holy Spirit 3
    COSC 1317 Introduction to Computing 3 THEO 1313 Man, Sin, and Salvation 3
    FINE ARTS/HUMANITIES 9 hours   THEO 1314 Angels, Church, and Prophecy 3
    ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech2 3 MINISTRY SKILLS 9 hours  
    PHIL 2304 Introduction to Philosophy 3 MSMN 1301 Bible Study Methods 3
    PHIL 3305 Christian Ethics 3 MSMN 1302 Principles of Biblical Teaching 3
    CHRISTIAN SERVICE 2 units   MSMN 2302 Foundations of Spiritual Life 3
    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 1 1u GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES 12 hours  
    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 2 1u General Education Electives 12
    SPIRITUAL FORMATION 2 units   FREE ELECTIVES 6 hours  
    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation, 1 1u Free Electives 6
    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation, 2 1u    

     

    MAJOR COURSES 30 hours HRS
    LEADERSHIP COURSES 3 hours  
    LSOL 3301 Introduction to Christian Leadership 3
    BIBLE/THEOLOGY 6 hours  
    BIBL 4331 Advanced Hermeneutics 3
    THEO 3341 Apologetics 3
    BIBLICAL COUNSELING COURSE 3 hours  
    MSBC 3313 Introduction to Biblical Framework Counseling 3
    Upper Level Bible or Theology or Women's Ministry or Ministry Skills or Language Department Electives 18 hours  
    Upper Level Bible or Theology or Women's Ministry or Ministry Skills or Language Department Electives      18

    1 ASTR 2301 Astronomy may substitute for BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology

    2 MSMN 1303 Principles of Biblical Teaching, Expository Preaching classes, MSPM 3300-3305, and MSWM 3323 Women Teaching Women may substitute for ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech. Expository Preaching classes, MSPM 3300-3305, are for men only. MSWM 3323 Women Teaching Women is for women only.

    Suggested Sequence

    Year

    Fall

    Spring

    Summer

    1

    MSMN 1301 Bible Study Methods

    GNED 1301 Stewarding Your College Experience

    ENGL 1301 English Composition 1

    COSC 1317 Introduction to Computing

    BIBL 1311 Pentateuch

    BIBL 1321 Gospels

    ENGL 1302 English Composition 2

    THEO 1311 Introduction to
    Theological Method

    THEO 1312 God, Christ, and Holy Spirit

    BIBL 1312 Historical Literature

    ENGL 2312 Research and Writing

    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation

    2

    THEO 1313 Man, Sin, and Salvation

    ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech

    BIBL 1213 Wisdom Literature

    General Education Elective

    MSMN 1302 Principles of Biblical Teaching

    THEO 1314 Angels, Church, and Prophecy

    BIBL 1322 Acts and Pauline Epistles

    General Education Elective

    BIBL 1323 General Epistles and Revelation

    BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology

    HIST 1322 Western Civilization 1 or 2

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service Learning Program

    3

    MSBC 3313 Introduction to Biblical Framework Counseling

    MSMN 2302 Foundations of Spiritual Life

    BIBL 1414 Prophets

    General Education Elective

    THEO 3341 Apologetics

    Upper Level Bible or Theology or Women's Ministry or Ministry Skills or Language Department Elective

    LSOL 3301 Introduction to Christian Leadership

    General Education Elective

    Upper Level Bible or Theology or Women's Ministry or Ministry Skills or Language Department Elective

    BIBL 4331 Advanced Hermeneutics

    Upper Level Bible or Theology or Women's Ministry or Ministry Skills or Language Department Elective

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service Learning Program

    4

    PHIL 2304 Intro to Philosophy

    Upper Level Bible or Theology or Women's Ministry or Ministry Skills or Language Department Elective

    Upper Level Bible or Theology or Women's Ministry or Ministry Skills or Language Department Elective

    Free Elective

    PHIL 3305 Christian Ethics

    Upper Level Bible or Theology or Women's Ministry or Ministry Skills or Language Department Elective

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation

    Free Elective

     

      

  • BACHELOR OF SCIENCE – FOUR YEAR DEGREE PROGRAM

    Major: Biblical Counseling

    Program Coordinator: Nicolas Ellen, D.Min.

    Purpose and Objectives: The purpose of the 120-hour program with major in Biblical Counseling culminating in a Bachelor of Science degree is to provide a thoroughly biblical model for biblical counseling. The training will prepare men and women to engage in church, parachurch, or private biblical counseling, and provide a base for seminary or other graduate training. The courses offered in the curriculum are not designed to meet academic or other requirements of the State of Texas for licensure as a professional counselor. Upon completion of the program, successful students will:

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the Biblical Framework model for biblicalcounseling.
    2. Apply principles of biblical counseling to specific counselingsituations.

     Graduation Requirements:

    1. Successful completion of all admissions requirements including completion of high school diploma orGED
    2. Minimum of 24 hours in major completed atCBS
    3. Minimum of 120 hours tograduate
    4. Satisfactory completion of all requirements on Official DegreePlan
    5. Satisfactory completion of 2 units in Christian Service LearningProgram and 2 Spiritual Formation units
    6. Cumulative 2.0 grade pointaverage
    7. Academic advising sessions including pre and posttesting/measurements
    8. Intent to Graduate Form filed by submitteddeadline
    9. Graduation/Diplomafee
    10. No unresolved disciplinary matter, including but not limited to, student code of conduct violations, library, or financialobligation
    11. Completion of exit counseling for students with Stafford or PLUSloans
    12. Approval by CBSfaculty
    13. See Graduation Requirements for additional requirement(s) for all academicprograms

    Major Biblical Counseling

    GENERAL STUDIES HRS ADDITIONAL COURSES HRS
    ENGLISH 9 hours   BIBLE 21 hours  
    ENGL 1301 English Composition 1 3 BIBL 1311 Pentateuch 3
    ENGL 1302 English Composition 2 3 BIBL 1312 Historical Literature 3
    ENGL 2312 Research and Writing 3 BIBL 1213 Wisdom Literature 2
    College Preparedness 3 hours   BIBL 1414 Prophets 4
    GNED 1301 Steward Your College Experience 3 BIBL 1321 Gospels 3
    SOCIAL SCIENCES 3 hours   BIBL 1322 Acts and Pauline Epistles 3
    HIST 2321 Western Civilization 1OR HIST 2322 Western Civilization 2 3 BIBL 1323 General Epistles and Revelation 3
    THEOLOGY 12 hours  
    NATURAL SCIENCE/COMPUTER 6 hours   THEO 1311 Introduction to Theological Method 3
    BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology1 3 THEO 1312 God, Christ, and Holy Spirit 3
    COSC 1317 Introduction to Computing 3 THEO 1313 Man, Sin, and Salvation 3
    FINE ARTS/HUMANITIES 9 hours   THEO 1314 Angels, Church, and Prophecy 3
    ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech2 3 MINISTRY SKILLS 6 hours  
    PHIL 2304 Introduction to Philosophy 3 MSMN 1301 Bible Study Methods 3
    PHIL 3305 Christian Ethics 3 MSMN 1302 Principles of Biblical Teaching 3
    CHRISTIAN SERVICE 2 units   MSMN 2302 Foundations of Spiritual Life 3
    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 1 1u GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES 12 hours  
    MCSP 2011 Christian Service, 2 1u General Education Electives 12
    SPIRITUAL FORMATION 2 units   FREE ELECTIVES 6 hours  
    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation, 1 1u Free Electives 6
    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation, 2 1u    

     

    MAJOR COURSES 30 hours

    HRS

    THEO 3341 Apologetics

    3

    LSOL 3301 Introduction to Christian Leadership

    3

    BIBL 4331 Advanced Hermeneutics

    3

    MSBC 3312 Comparative Analysis of Psychological Counseling, Christian Integrative Counseling, and Biblical Counseling

    3

    MSBC 3313 Introduction to Biblical Framework Counseling

    3

    MSBC 3314 Analysis of Common Problems Through Biblical Framework Counseling

    3

    MSBC 4303 Biblical Counseling Process and Methodologies

    3

    Upper Level Biblical Counseling Electives

    9

    1 ASTR 2301 Astronomy may substitute for BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology.

    2 MSMN 1303 Principles of Biblical Teaching, Expository Preaching classes, MSPM 3300-3305, and MSWM 3323 Women Teaching Women may substitute for ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech. Expository Preaching classes, MSPM 3300-3305, are for men only. MSWM 3323 Women Teaching Women is for women only.

    Suggested Sequence

    Year

    Fall

    Spring

    Summer

    1

    MSMN 1301 Bible Study Methods

    GNED 1301 Stewarding Your College Experience

    ENGL 1301 English Composition 1

    COSC 1317 Introduction to Computing

    BIBL 1311 Pentateuch

    BIBL 1321 Gospels

    ENGL 1302 English Composition 2

    THEO 1311 Introduction to Theological Method

    THEO 1312 God, Christ, and Holy Spirit

    BIBL 1312 Historical Literature

    ENGL 2312 Research and Writing

    MSSF 3011 Spiritual Formation

    2

    THEO 1313 Man, Sin, and Salvation

    ENGL 1311 Fundamentals of Speech

    BIBL 1213 Wisdom Literature

    LSOL 3301 Introduction to Christian Leadership

    General Education Elective

    THEO 1314 Angels, Church, and Prophecy

    BIBL 1322 Acts and Pauline Epistles

    MSBC 3312 Comparative Analysis of Psychological Counseling, Cristian Integrative Counseling and Biblical Counseling

    BIBL 1323 General Epistles and Revelation

    BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology

    MSBC 3313 Introduction to Biblical Framework Counseling

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service Learning Program

    3

    MSBC 3314 Analysis of Common Problems Through Biblical Framework Counseling

    MSMN 2302 Foundations of Spiritual Life

    BIBL 1414 Prophets

    HIST 1322 Western Civ 1 or 2

    THEO 3341 Apologetics

    MSMN 1302 Principles of Biblical Teaching

    BIBL 4331 Advanced Hermeneutics

    Upper Level Biblical Counseling Elective

    General Education Elective

    General Education Elective

    Upper Level Biblical Counseling Elective

    MCSP 2011 Christian Service Learning Program

    4

    PHIL 2304 Intro to Philosophy

    Upper Level Biblical Counseling Elective

    General Education Elective

    Free Elective

    PHIL 3305 Christian Ethics

    MSBC 4303 Biblical Counseling Process and Methodologies

    MSSF 3012 Spiritual Formation

    Free Elective

     

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